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The Food Principle and How to Eat Climate Clever When You Travel

21 March 2023

In a recent series, Tomorrow’s Air teamed up with longtime ATTA member Jim Kane along with travel partner The Travel Yogi to help inspire travelers to eat local and fresh on their next trip, demonstrating why it’s not only great for your health, but how it can also help reduce travel emissions.  

Few people in the travel industry have devoted more energy and time to promoting the benefits of slow food for the environment and people than Jim, host of a new show airing on PBS called The Food Principle. Food plays a pivotal role in some of our greatest challenges,” he notes in the opening trailer for the show, which brings viewers along to experience in-depth the food systems in Denmark, Appalachia, and other destinations. 

And for a look at how weaving the benefits of climate conscious eating into itineraries can work, take a note from The Travel Yogi. In Cartagena, Colombia – known for its incredible biodiversity, folklore, and vibrant food culture – guests experience and learn first hand about the climate benefits of eating locally grown food. Cartagena is actually the first coastal city  to create a plan for achieving “climate compatible development” by 2040.  A key part of the plan includes a beautiful proposal for capturing excess water during floods and using that water to irrigate the community food garden and to create a rain garden.

Likewise  for The Travel Yogi’s trips to the Galapagos where eating local supports farmers for whom selling their organically grown food at food fairs can provide transformative income. Because the Galapagos is a protected area, local farmers are prohibited from using many modern agricultural methods and find the growing benefits of something as simple as a greenhouse transformative. 

Slow food: it tastes great, enhances your travel experience, and its production helps reduce carbon dioxide emissions. Read the full story here and tune in to full episodes of The Food Principle at PBS.org.